Philip "Phil or Wa" Pugh
1935 - 2020
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ODESSA - Philip ("Phil" or "Wa") Pugh, 85, of Odessa, died November 24, 2020, at Medical Center Hospital. He was born February 21, 1935 in Alice, Texas.

He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in February 1953. He was called to active duty and served as a Fire Control Technician aboard USS Conway, DD-507, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. He married his high school sweetheart, Jana Gail Harris, on October 4, 1956, in San Antonio. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in January 1957. They returned home to San Antonio and he attended San Antonio College. They moved to El Paso in 1959 and he worked for El Paso Products Company while attending Texas Western College (now UTEP).

In 1964, he transferred to Odessa with El Paso Products as a Senior Systems Analyst. He left El Paso Products in 1983 and joined Philips Petroleum as a Right-of-Way Manager, where he stayed until his retirement in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Jana Gail; his mother and father, Eugene Edward Pugh, Sr and Lula Mae Campbell; and his older brother, Eugene Edward Pugh, Jr.

He is survived by his brother, James Michael Pugh and wife Jane of Terrell; his sisters, Frances Dian Krause and husband, Bill Montgomery, of Shavano Park; Mary Ann Hildebrand of Helotes; Margaret Kathleen Ricks and husband Ronald of Fredericksburg; and Teresa Ellen Clarke and husband Brian of Houston. He is also survived by his three children, Vicki Lynn Steel and husband Alan of Odessa, Paul Harris Pugh and fiance' June Collerd of Odessa, and Lori Ann Ellis and husband Patrick of Midland.

He was loved by his large family, including 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He loved reading and had keen interests in family geneology and Texas history. He was a true patriot and told many stories of being raised in South Texas.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Fr Joe Barbieri of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Odessa officiating. Arrangements by American Heritage Funeral Home.

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Published in Odessa American on Nov. 28, 2020.
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November 28, 2020
Lori, Paul and vicki I am so sorry for your loss.
Phil has been one of my best friends since the El Paso products days late 1970’s. While at El Paso products we participated in league bowling and tennis. Then later on we both worked for Phillips petroleum. After his beloved wife passed away, he missed her so very much, I would invite Phil to go to rock hounds Baseball games and jackalopes games. Every time I came back to midland to see my daughter and her family, Phil and I (and my husband after I married in 2006) would get together at taco casa in Odessa for lunch or I would organize a happy hour with a few of our old coworkers. I will miss this man so much with his beautiful smile and laughing eyes.
Bernadette mccown
November 28, 2020
So sorry for the loss of your dad. Many Blessing for peace and comfort to his family and friends.
Carma Eary
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Mary Ann Hildebrand
November 28, 2020
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November 28, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. We will be greatly missed. We was so easy to love and give love. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, friend, and a really fun granddad. Always welcoming with open arms. I am so sorry for the Pugh family loss and wish you strength in this sorrowful time.
Vicki sisco
November 28, 2020
Vicki, Paul and Lori, your family holds a special place in my heart. Having childhood memories of my next door neighbors on Beechwood St are dear to me! You are in my prayers as you go through this season of life. May you feel God’s peace and comfort in the moments, days, months and years to come. Hold fast to the precious memories of your Dad.
Mona Smith Burnett
Odessa TX
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